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15US road fatalities down 25 percent over last decade

NHTSA's freshly released 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System study shows a total of 32,719 deaths on the roads, a drop of 3.1 percent from 2012 and a decrease of around 25 percent since 2004. However, a handful of the statistics suggest there are still a ways to go to make things more secure for everyone, especially bicyclists.

118Valet mode captures joyride in red Corvette

Performance recorder catches thrill-seeking valet in the act

A man in California is among the first to catch a valet behaving badly in his 2015 Corvette using a controversial built-in recording feature.

89Man beats speeding ticket with measuring tape

Speed camera may have been incorrectly recording speed for years

A man in Wales successfully beat his speeding ticket with nothing more than a tape measure.

476Elderly man thrown to ground, tased over expired inspection sticker

Car was exempt from inspection tags law

A Texas police officer is under investigation for using excessive force on an elderly man during a routine traffic stop last week.

141Iowa Driver's License App Brings Us Closer to Digital Wallet

Free app would display an image of an Iowa citizen's driver's license

A fully realized "digital wallet" is inching closer to reality with Iowa's planned driver's license app.

105Driving While Black? App Developers Offer Advice

A Justice Department report released last year suggests blacks are more likely than whites to be pulled over and have their cars searched

Though the developers of the soon-to-be released "Driving While Black" smartphone application want motorists to download their product, there is a time when they definitely don't want users searching for it.

7Seniors Ready For Tougher Driving Laws To Protect Them From Themselves

Older Americans support regulations that require renewing their license in person and passing a medical screening

New research indicates that older folks understand that there's a concern about their safety as drivers, and suggests they are willing to accept measures that could potentially keep them off the highways.

277Detroit Carjackings Down 31 Percent

Still 3 times New York's rate with tenth of the population

Detroit has a serious problem with carjackings. Even with police programs improving matters, there's still bad news about the numbers for the citizens of the Motor City.

1Traffic Lights Could Be Next Big Cyber Attack Threat

Former defense department official: stricter safeguards needed

Traffic lights and traffic-management systems might prove attractive targets for cyber attacks in coming years, a former defense department official warns.

AddThanksgiving Travel To Be Complicated By Rain, Snow

Some Thanksgiving travelers along the East Coast were heading out early because of a forecast calling for a nor'easter that will bring rain and snow.

28Thanksgiving Getaway: 46.3 Million To Hit The Road

Low gas prices means more families are traveling for the holidays

There is good news for Thanksgiving travelers: the price of gas is at five-year lows. The bad news: a lot more people will be driving.

167Minivans Do Poorly In Crash Tests

Several minivans earn poor rating on small overlap front crash test

The Honda Odyssey was the only minivan to earn the highest safety rating in new crash tests by the insurance industry.

95Public Opinion Swings Hard Against Traffic Cameras

Protesters rallied against speed cameras sunday in one Long Island county

Automated traffic enforcement cameras are falling out of favor across America. A Long Island anti-camera group was the latest to protest Sunday.

AddAutomakers Promise Better Protection For Drivers' Data

Critics say new measures don't go far enough in securing information

In a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, the 12 manufacturers that are members of the Auto Alliance committed to upholding principles that would provide more transparent notices to consumers about what data is being collected, minimize the amount and time of data that is stored and prohibit this information from being given to law enforcement without a court order.

484Cheap Gas Prices To Persist Into 2015, Feds Say

U.S. consumers could save $61 billion on gas this year

In a dramatic shift from previous forecasts, the Energy Department predicted Wednesday that the average price of gasoline in the U.S. will be $2.94 a gallon in 2015. That is a 44-cent drop from an outlook issued just a month ago.

17Drivers Who Text Know The Risks, Do It Anyway

Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous

Nearly everyone agrees that texting and driving is dangerous. Most people do it anyway.

380Motorists Losing Right To See Automated License-Plate Reader Data

Three recent court cases pit law enforcement against privacy advocates

Law enforcement agencies know a lot about the whereabouts and daily habits of millions of American motorists through the use of automated license-plate readers. Motorists, on the other hand, don't know much about the records police officers have collected through the use of these machines. These records are getting harder to obtain.

213Texas Guardrail Manufacturer Found Guilty Of Defrauding Federal Government

Redesigned guardrail three times more likely to cause fatal crash

Trinity Industries, makers of the ET-Plus, has been found guilty of defrauding the federal government under the False Claims Act. Specifically, the company was accused of making a design change to its product and not advising the Federal Highway Administration about the revision for seven years.

10Teens Need Parent Involvement To Stay Safe While Driving

Studies show young drivers need to put their phones down and buckle up

While deaths are trending downward, this week's National Teen Driver Safety week serves as a reminder that car accidents remain the number one killer of kids in the US.

481Activist Citizen Pulls Over Cop, Issues A Warning

Officer in violation of state law on the receiving end of a traffic stop

In a classic tale of the hunter becoming the hunted, a police officer in Washington was recently pulled over and asked for I.D. by a concerned citizen.

20Americans Could Waste $2.8 Trillion Being Stuck In Traffic By 2030

Average driver sits in 65 hours of traffic during the year

A study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research and the company Inrix Inc claims to be the first to assess the "economic and environmental costs of U.S. traffic." It reports that cumulatively between 2013 and 2030 traffic congestion could cost the US $2.8 trillion.

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